Post by on May 3, 2005 5:05:33 GMT
Sorry - I've just never seen that side to Mr Bignall. I've no idea what he's like IRL but online he always comes across as quite polite until lambasted by someone who is talking utter nonsense.
I'm fortunate enough to have worked with Richard for some years now and so do know him in real life - spoke to him again just the other day which was a sheer delight. When you meet him, he's one of those brilliantly enthusiastic people who is happy to pour time and effort into a worthy cause and has been unceasingly helpful with all my projects for the last decade or so; it's also a pleasure to contribute to his wonderful research 'zine "Nothing At The End of the Lane" (which I can't recommend highly enough ...).
In fact Richard's enthusiasm and energy reminds me strongly of Ian Levine himself. You only have to spend a few minutes with Ian and he is so bursting with love and respect for this programme it's incredible. He's also done so much over the years to help recover material that we all owe him a great deal of respect - and I know from our conversations over the years that Richard and I both admire Ian's work in this area. While I've not worked as closely with Ian over the years (indeed, he has been highly critical of my writing at times), I think a great deal of Ian and have always been very grateful for the help which he has given me; in particular I was keen that Ian should be able to dicuss his saving of the first Dalek serial on "Doctor Who Night" in 1999. The interview was recorded but unfortunately dropped because of decisions at a higher level ... but I hope that it may be seen one day in some other form.
I'm certainly *very* keen to see more episodes turn up by any means possible - but I have to admit that I wouldn't have a clue as to the most effective approach. Personally, whenever I get a lead or a clue as to possible material I always contact the Restoration Team immediately. They're a brilliant set of guys who *always* offer good advice and whom I trust immensely to make all the right moves. So, I leave it with them ...
But whenever something comes back, by whatever route, it's great isn't it?
All the best